U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to conduct Annual Exercise

The 2017 edition of Annual Exercise, a bilateral maritime field training exercise involving the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy (USN), will be conducted Nov. 16-26. Approximately 14,000 U.S. personnel will participate, from units including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked Carrier Air Wing CVW) 5, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Mustin (DDG 89), and a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron. Annual Exercise, the premier training event between USN and JMSDF, is designed…

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Raytheon to provide advanced telemetry system for US Navy’s new Range Support Aircraft

 The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company a $79 million contract to develop a new advanced telemetry system for the U.S. Navy’s Range Support Aircraft. The high-tech plane will replace the Navy’s aging telemetry test aircraft, which has been in service since the 1970s. Based within the Gulfstream G550 airborne early warning airframe, Raytheon’s modern solution will offer multi-role capabilities in telemetry data collection, range safety and surveillance, and communications relay. “It’s like replacing your old eight-track tapes with streaming digital music – there’s simply no comparison,” said Todd Callahan, Raytheon Naval and Area Mission Defense…

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NAVAIR hosts first orientation flight in a CH-53K King Stallion

Naval Air Systems Command and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, hosted a ‘first of its kind’ orientation flight in the CH-53K King Stallion for Brig. Gen. Nir Nin-Nun, Israeli Air Force, Commander, Air Support and Helicopter Division, during a test flight Nov. 7. The 90-minute orientation flight included various operational maneuvers, landings and takeoffs, providing Nin-Nun a firsthand look at the unique and capabilities of the CH-53K available through full authority fly-by-wire flight controls. “This is the first time we have flown an international ally in the CH-53K,” said U.S. Marine Corps…

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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Ralph Johnson

The Navy accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), Nov. 15. In early September, DDG 114 successfully demonstrated its ship’s systems and readiness during a series of at sea and in-port trials for the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Due to the success of the trials, INSURV recommended the ship be accepted for delivery to the U.S. Navy. “The namesake of this ship is a true American patriot who sacrificed his life for the safety of his…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 14, 2017

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $139,818,901 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) fiscal 2018 modernization period Chief of Naval Operations availability. This availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization, and repair of USS Tortuga. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $183,794,039. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by May 2019. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy)…

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HASC on Carrier Air Groups

THE PROBLEM: Stocks of working equipment- including fighter jets- and trained personnel are so low that the Navy has to go to extraordinary lengths to send fully equipped Carrier Air Groups to sea. Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker testified to the Committee last week, “To get Carl Vinson, Nimitz and Theodore Roosevelt ready to deploy in January, June and October of this year, and equip their embarked air wings with the required number of mission capable jets, 94 strike fighters had to be transferred to and from the maintenance depots or…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 13, 2017

Mancon, LLC,* Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded a $44,305,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, resulting from solicitation N00189-17-R-0033, that will include terms and conditions for the placement of firm-fixed-price task orders for maintenance, repair, and operations supplies and materials in support of the public works department in the northeast region under Naval Facilities Engineering Command.  The contract will include a five-year ordering period.  Work will be performed in Newport, Rhode Island (25 percent); New London, Connecticut (25 percent); Earle, New Jersey (25 percent); and Kittery, Maine (25 percent), and the ordering period…

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Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries hosted Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer at the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division today. Spencer received his first tour of Ingalls since he was sworn in as the 76th Secretary of the Navy in August. Spencer toured the shipyard facilities with HII President and CEO Mike Petters, Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias, Gov. Phil Bryant and Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-4th. “Mike Petters and his team have done an amazing job of really bringing the art form of shipbuilding to a science,” Spencer said. “If the U.S….

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Australian Navy in exercise off Republic of Korea

Royal Australian Navy frigates Parramatta and Melbourne, have joined Republic of Korea destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju. The exercise also included observers from Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany and Denmark. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston said that the joint exercise was vital to global maritime security. “Australia is deeply concerned about the global threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its illegal activities,” he said. “As…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 9, 2017

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $34,622,661 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for weapons capabilities technology maturation and risk reduction pre-engineering, manufacturing and development activities for dual-capability F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft and small-diameter bomb 2 (SDB-II) in support of the Marine Corps and Air Force.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in July 2018.  Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation ( Marine Corps and Air Force) funds in the amount of $6,000,000 are…

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U.S. Navy Mission 22 Team Develops ‘Game Changing’ Unmanned Capability

What do NASA space crews and Navy Sly Fox mission engineers have in common? Both leave the comforts of the ordinary to explore a higher, unfamiliar realm while testing possibilities and expanding capabilities. Their dispatches about discoveries, innovations, and experiences continue to fascinate people from all walks of life. ”As we move forward into the future, unmanned systems will allow for less operator involvement with features such as autonomous navigation, flight, and obstacle avoidance,” was one transmission among a slew of dispatches that tell the latest story. “CANARES is a…

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Draken International Expands Fleet with Acquisition of 22 Mirage F1M Fighter Jets

Draken International, a global leader in advanced adversary air services, has acquired 22 Mirage F1M and F1B fighter jets in an effort to enhance adversary services for the United States Air Force and other Department of Defense clients. The Mirage F1Ms were predominantly flown by the Spanish Air Force and have been fully modernized. This acquisition increases Draken’s fleet size to over 100 fighter jets as the company continues to expand its capabilities. With the completion of the procurement phase, the Mirage F1Ms will soon join Draken’s existing fleet of…

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Iwo Jima Gets Back to Basics During RAS

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) turned back the clock on seamanship during a refueling-at-sea (RAS) with the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) Nov. 7. In a day where texting, selfies and video chatting dominate conversations, Iwo Jima Sailors harkened back to a day where communicating with symbols didn’t mean using an emoji. While steaming alongside at 13 knots at a distance of nearly 200 yards to port of its supplier, Sailors in the hangar bay, refueling stations and signal bridge “spoke” through Morse Code, flashing lights, signal…

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Admiral Mark E. Ferguson, USN, Retired, Elected to VSE Board of Directors

VSE Corporation announced November 8th that Admiral Mark E. Ferguson, USN, Retired, has been elected as a member of the VSE Board of Directors effective December 1, 2017. Admiral Ferguson retired from the U.S. Navy in July 2016, after concurrently serving as Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa, as well as Commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command, Naples, Italy. Admiral Ferguson was responsible for the overall command, operational control, and coordination of U.S. naval forces in the waters bordering the coasts of Europe…

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